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The Cognitive-Emotional BrainFrom Interactions to Integration$
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Luiz Pessoa

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019569

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019569.001.0001

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Anatomical Substrates for Cognitive-Emotional Interactions

Anatomical Substrates for Cognitive-Emotional Interactions

(p.229) 9 Anatomical Substrates for Cognitive-Emotional Interactions
The Cognitive-Emotional Brain

Luiz Pessoa

The MIT Press

This chapter illustrates how the brain’s architecture exhibits extensive avenues for information interaction and integration, and how its underlying structure provides the substrate for the coordinated flow of information that characterizes complex behaviors. It focuses on architectural features of several brain regions that have been linked to emotion, including two subcortical regions, the hypothalamus and the amygdala. The chapter also discusses features of the basal forebrain, a system historically linked with arousal processes, but suggested to be an important region for cognitive-emotional communication. Finally, it reviews anatomical properties of prefrontal cortex and closely related areas, including medial and lateral prefrontal cortex, orbitofrontal cortex, and the anterior insula.

Keywords:   hypothalamus, basal forebrain, amygdala, cingulate cortex, orbitofrontal cortex, anterior insula, prefrontal cortex

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